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Feb 24, 2013 4:30am PST
to talk more about this are two cnn experts, and all things beltway and economics. jake tapper and ali velshi. thanks for joining us. you know, you hear francis colin talk. obviously, it's very concerning. ali, let me start with you. what happened to cause this? >> yeah, for once i'm going to use a colloquialism that actually fits. this is a poison pill. the sequester, forced budget cuts were something the government imposed upon itself to say if you don't take action to deal with the deficits and the debt, the consequence is going to be something so bitter that you're not going to want to swallow it. and guess what? this is the bitter. the idea that there are across the board cuts. now, there are many americans who justifiably, sanjay, think that we've got to get our spending under control. the problem with these forced budget cuts is that they are ham-fisted. they are -- they are using a sledgehammer where you need a stiletto. some of the things you described that are going to be cut are not the things that we should be cutting. there are probably other places we can cut. and keep in
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